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Cairo-Alex Desert Rd, Cairo, Egypt.
Tommy Hilfiger: Simple and Chic Casual Wear at Dandy Mall
It’s easy to miss Tommy Hilfiger at Dandy Mall. Located to the right side of the mall’s main entrance, the shop is usually empty. It’s understandable that shoppers might bypass it; the brand has rarely hit the headlines for being groundbreaking or shocking in recent times. That may be so, but the shop’s chic and elegant casual wear is always a pleasant reminder that high prices can still buy you quality and not just a brand name.
The basic polo shirts, for example, sell for 595LE. Although a three-figure price for a plain garment will always seem a little much, the cut of the shirt, the slightly thicker-than-usual material and the small white-and-red logo all lend the line a simplicity and class that the brand would do well to focus on. Instead, we found polo shirts that looked like adapted rugby shirt designs with a horizontal colour block across the middle that flaunts the Tommy Hilfiger name in large obnoxious letters.
Smart-casual chequered shirts in questionable colours dominate the shop too. One particular example that offended this reviewer was a shirt whose light green was only a few hues away from being luminous. It didn’t help that the rest of the chequered pattern was constructed of white and pink lines.
It’s not all bogie and girl colours, though; similar patterns in blue and white with buttoned-down collars are smart. Again, it’s the simplicity that makes it stand out.
In most other countries in the world, your beige chinos would be moved to the back of the wardrobe; the ultimate sign of winter’s impending arrival by now. Not in Egypt, though. Two shades of said beige, khaki and navy versions look better than the black and the olive green versions. All sell for 795LE. Basic jeans in various shades of blues sell for around 900LE, although the noticeable thickness of the denim makes them more suitable for Cairo’s winter than its summer.
Casual t-shirts bearing the Tommy Hilfiger name in various designs are rife, and sell for around 500LE. Like the polo shirts, the cut and the material feel a little superior to other similar tops, although some of the designs tread over the line of fitting in with the casual smartness of the rest of the shop. One of the better examples was the grey-static t-shirt with a large green Tommy Hilfiger reed crest plastered across its front, which looked a little like the Fred Perry logo but for the regal-looking lion emblem in the middle.
As a brand and as a shop, Tommy Hilfiger is as good an example as any of the mantra that less is better. The sheer simplicity and effortless designs of their garments is the biggest appeal, though some may look for a little bit more flair for their money.
Shopping in Cairo is becoming increasingly eclectic with international brands popping up in every corner. The latest brand to grace our city with its return is Topshop, which had previously closed down its only shop in Maadi due to the political and social instability of the past few years.
Located in Cairo Festival City, Topshop, at first glance, retains its urban high-fashion meets high street vibe. From the lights focused on the mannequins to the neon signs leading to every section of the store, you cannot help but get absorbed into the hip, dare we say, post-modern theme. The clothes also generally carry a more high-end than high-street appearance.
The staff was generally friendly, but not overly eager. They’d stop by, say hi and tell us to call for them if we need any help, but would not insist on accompanying us all throughout our visit, which was refreshingly liberating.
We immediately began scanning the women’s section to see what they had to offer and all we can say is we found a handful of items that will totally transform us into street style fashion icons. A formal powder pink jumpsuit (949LE) definitely caught our eye, as did a striped skater dress (519LE) and a cosy fluffy jumper (579 LE). The store also carries a special “petite” line, for all the smaller-sized ladies out there.
We moved on to the shoes and accessories section, where there were plenty more goodies for Cairo’s fashion-conscious to drool over. Our favourites included a small leather backpack (549LE), heeled suede boots (1349LE), a sturdy handbag (719LE) and some chic flat loafers (449LE).
The men’s line, Topman, was no disappointment either. Some of our finds there included casual sweatshirts (449LE), summery tank-tops (249LE), all kinds of fitted jeans (480LE-600LE) and an array of t-shirts (319LE). Men can accessorise too, with some knitted icecaps (129LE), as well as normal caps (280LE).
We all need some fashion advice, especially when we cannot get our significant other, friends, or mother to accompany us on our shopping trips, and so the store’s unique personal shopper service can be a life saver. For no extra charge, the store’s resident stylist can help you pick out an outfit or put one together for you from scratch.
All in all, Topshop offers a shopping experience that is one-of-a-kind. The sales personnel were helpful but not too overly-attached, and the new service they’re offering is definitely a game changer. The only downside is that many of the items carry hefty price tags – price tags that are, through experience, more than the quality and longevity in the garments offered.